WASHINGTON â?? A federal transportation agency yesterday defended President Bush’s plan to open the border to long-haul Mexican truck traffic in a response to overwhelmingly negative public views of the proposal.

The 27-page defense appearing in the Federal Register advances the controversial cross-border trucking pilot program one step closer to implementation.

Bush has sought to conduct the program as part of his effort to comply with a provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement requiring the United States and Mexico to open their borders to each other’s commercial trucks.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which would conduct the program, acknowledged that the vast majority of the more than 2,300 public comments it received were opposed to the proposed one-year experiment.

But the agency argued that it is committed to making sure Mexican truck drivers obey all U.S. rules and regulations during the trial. The program would allow up to 100 Mexican carriers to send trucks into the United States.

Opponents â?? including the Teamsters union, other trucking and safety organizations and dozens of lawmakers â?? contend that Mexican drivers would pose a hazard on U.S. highways and would displace American truck drivers because they work for lower wages.

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5 Responses to “Federal Agency Backs Open Border To Mexican Trucks”
  1. Angel says:

    I think we’ll turn our heads one day and there they are. They’ll take over our highways .

  2. marleen says:

    its obvious we are going in circles on this sham.. the idea is to CONFUSE the hell out of us with all this waffling back and forth, and while we are on this see-saw the groundwork for the SPP and the NAU are being implemented.

  3. the marlboro man says:

    THIS WILL NOT STOP, this was to have been stoped,for a year/in may. now BUSH thinks were asleep at the wheel.If this gose so dose our highways/which are for sale!THE SNAKE just keeps sticking his head up!You let 1 hundred trucks on our roads ?start adding the deaths up!!!!THE VILLAGE JUST CALLED THERE SNAKE OIL SALESMANS LOSE/

  4. stoney says:

    If they in fact let in these trucks it shows what everyone has been saying for some time.
    The Federal government is not listening to the people.
    Time we take back this country whatever it takes.
    As for the NAU and amnesty there are not enough dead American bodies in the streets yet for this to come about!

  5. Davey in Seattle says:

    We all have to remember that the government has some letal weapons and many will die to fight off this.

    I hope all of you will learn to protect yourself. It is a good idea to join forces with friends.

    Ed and Elaine Brown are doing that. They are holding their own for now. I hope it doesn’t end up like Waco.

    I will write Senator Murray and ask why she is letting the trucks come in because, she is part of the transportation board. I already know she will make some excuse or beat around the bush to shut me up!

    Both of these senators are worthless. But I have to stay on her ass! I hope I can wake some people when she comes up for election this next election now the war is some what out of the way for now.

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